, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

NHS Scotland praises award winning family fitness app idea by Renfrewshire pupils

Pupils at a Renfrewshire school who invented a family fitness app praised by NHS Scotland and Andy Murray could see their idea become a reality.

A team of five sixth-year students from Erskine’s Park Mains High School created the ‘Health Buzz’ app, which tracks the health and wellbeing of the whole family.

The prototype won a prestigious competition, the #DigiInventorsChallenge, run by the Digital Health and Care Institute in conjunction with Andy Murray.

Now pupils will work with Scottish-based technology experts SwarmOnline this summer to see how the app may be developed.

NHS Scotland Chief Executive Paul Gray also visited the school this week to congratulate the team and find out more about the app through a presentation by pupils.

The team of Emily Bannon, Craig Kennedy, Adam Hazle, Luisa Steele and Connor Wilson, all 17-years-old, received a £2,000 cash prize for their school, new personal tech, as well as the opportunity to have their idea made into a reality.

Paul Gray said: “This is a fantastic idea from the students at Park Mains High School. We all know how popular fitness trackers are, so this is a great way to build on that and get active as a family.

“The number of Scots being physically active has risen in the last five years, and we really want to keep that going. For example, by walking just one mile a day, people can make huge changes to their lives.”

“This app is also an excellent example of how innovation can help improve our mental and physical health – 2018 is the year to get Scots more active.”

The app won first place in the challenge which aims to find new ways to help young people keep active and stay healthy.

Along with other shortlisted teams, the pupils were invited to an inventor’s boot camp to develop their proposals through a series of master classes by industry experts.

They then presented to a panel of expert judges, including Andy himself and got to meet the star at the SSE Hydro event in November, where he played Roger Federer in an exhibition match.

Former Wimbledon champion Andy revealed how impressed he is with the pupil’s design and said: “I liked this idea straight away, it’s a really big achievement for the team behind it. Anything that gets people moving more is a good thing and will hopefully help to improve the health of the nation.”

Judges also praised the team’s high quality professional pitch and recognised the potential of the app to transform lives by focussing on the family as a whole, and not just individuals.

Renfrewshire Council’s Children’s Services and Education Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “In the Year of Young People it’s wonderful to see how Renfrewshire school pupils can come up with such creative and award-winning ideas that could benefit us all. I look forward to hearing the progress of the app.”

Emily Bannon from the team said: “We are happy to get as far as we have with the app and want to make fitness more a hobby than a chore across the generations and maybe help make a difference to people.

“We have become so passionate about it and are excited to see what comes next.”

Park Mains Head teacher Michael Dewar, said: “This was an outstanding achievement from a group of very talented S6 pupils. Our hope is that the app will be developed to help make a positive impact on the health and well-being of families across the country.”

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools Co-ordinator at Park Mains and the pupil’s mentor, Olivia Bell, said: “We are overwhelmed with how far we have come and hope the app will eventually be accessible in our local and wider primary schools and allow pupils to utilise technology that is already at their fingertips.”

The shortlist for this year’s challenge will be announced on May 30th.

George Crooks Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Park Mains High School and SwarmOnline to help develop their idea from the #DigiInventorsChallenge.”

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Renfrewshire Council scraps burial fees for children’s funerals

Renfrewshire Council has scrapped burial charges for families who lose a child under the age of 16.

The local authority abolished burial and registration costs in its 2018/19 budget and is working to establish an affordable Respectful Funeral Service to support families.

Cllr Jim Paterson

The charges can run into hundreds of pounds and Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “Grieving parents shouldn’t also have to carry the burden of worrying if they can afford to pay for a dignified funeral for a child.

“By scrapping the burial and registration fees for a child under 16, the intention is to remove some of the financial pressures and support families at the most difficult of times as they try to come to terms with their heart breaking loss.”

The move has also been welcomed by bereavement charities, who say that worrying how to pay funeral costs can add to the pressure on grief stricken relatives.

Hugh McAninch, the Scottish co-ordinator of The Compassionate Friends, a charity run by bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents which offers support to family members after the death of a child, said: “I welcome the initiative by Renfrewshire Council to scrap fees for children under 16 and hope it is expanded to all councils across Scotland.

“It’s a traumatic enough time and parents often have to take time off work at the very point where they have to face these extra expenses. “

Brenda Murray from the Scottish charity Bumblebee Babies, which supports parents who have lost babies, also welcomed the move.

She said: “Worrying about how to pay for a funeral can be another massive pressure for grieving parents. They just want to be able to put things in order to start the healing process and feel they’re letting their child down if they aren’t able to.

“A lack of money can be frightening to them because they want to give their child the best send off they can.”

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Local MP urges people to vote for Bravehound

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, is backing a local charity as they seek to win a public vote and help secure funds from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery fund.

Bravehound are based at Erskine Hospital and provide a range of support to former servicemen, women and their families, this includes providing companion dogs to veterans as a means of helping to support their transition into civilian life.

The charity is now competing for The People’s Project public vote and if successful, will receive £50,000 of National Lottery money to create a permanent exhibition on the role of military dogs from their base at Erskine House.

Five local community groups across STV West are set to compete for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding each. The People’s Project is giving these groups a chance to go head to head to compete in a public vote to help them make an extraordinary difference to their community. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote. To vote please visitwww.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“People in Renfrewshire are extremely proud of its veterans and of the area’s heritage in supporting  serving and ex-Service personnel. Bravehound is a fantastic local charity doing great work to support ex-servicemen and women.

“Bravehound support’s former servicemen, women and their families by providing companion dogs to help them make the transition into civilian life, some of these will be suffering from post-traumatic stress, mental health issues and physical injury.

“It’s great to see their fantastic work being recognised and that they’re now in with a chance of securing funds to allow them to set-up an exhibition, in Erskine House, on the role of military dogs from their base at Erskine House. This is a fantastic and I would encourage everyone in Renfrewshire to vote for Bravehound.”

Fiona MacDonald from Bravehound said:

“We’re so grateful to Gavin Newlands for making the time to visit us. The People’s Project Award will help us to provide more support for veterans with their amazing BRAVEHOUND companions, and to organise events for the whole community to join, as well as to create an exhibition of the role of military dogs from the Western Front through to Helmand Province, and we would be incredibly grateful for your vote.”

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hundreds put forward their views to change local decision making

renfrewshire council logo .JPG

More than 250 people have attended a series of events and drop in sessions as part of a review of community level governance in Renfrewshire, with a further 162 putting their views forward through online and postal consultations.

renfrewshire council logo .JPG

The feedback from these consultations will now be reviewed to ensure the proposed changes reflect a model that is fully representative of the community’s views and requirements.

Proposals had been put forward to redesign the current structure of Renfrewshire’s five Local Area Committees to ensure a clearer partnership approach between the Council, other public services and the community.

The consultation outlined nine proposals across five areas, Function, Membership, Boundaries, Meetings and Grants, and community groups were invited to put forward their thoughts and opinions on whether the proposals would make a positive difference.

The proposals were formed following an initial round of engagement with local communities and a review of community governance arrangements in other council areas.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Iain Nicolson, said: “This review is a real chance for the community to become further involved in local decision making and I’m delighted to see the high number of people come forward to have their say.

“It is extremely important that any changes make a positive difference to the current structure and this consultation has allowed people the opportunity to make local area committees work better for them.

“All the feedback will help refine the proposals and inform the decisions moving forward and we will ensure that the public continue to be involved in the process every step of the way.”

Further details of the proposed changes included a drive to make meetings more accessible and participative as well as having local grants scheme specifically for smaller local projects.

There would also be a change to the current boundaries which would see them come into line with community councils as well as a change to voting rights to ensure all areas of the community are involved in final decision making.

For further information on local area committees, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/lacs.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Health and Social Care Partnership on the right track in Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership (RHSCP) are making significant progress on improving residents’ health and social services, a new report has indicated.

The Care Inspectorate looked into two specific areas of RHSCP’s performance – improving health and social care services and how strategic planning has impacted on the lives of adults and their carers – and found that they performed well in both areas.

Leadership of the new organisation was highly commended for quality, effectiveness and the work to develop a positive workplace culture.

The report also indicated significant confidence in the integration of health and social care services in the area and noted the organisation’s progress.

Dr Donny Lyons, Chair of RHSCP Integration Joint Board (IJB), said: “Since bringing health and adult social care services together in Renfrewshire, we’ve been clear that residents are at the heart of what we do and what we want to achieve. Their needs are central to how we are shaping our services as we work on integrating services across the area.

“Renfrewshire has an aging population, so we are making sure we have the right support available for people now and in the future.  We want to ensure carers feel supported and that residents are in-the-know about looking after their own future health and wellbeing.”

“It is great news that we are progressing well in our journey, but we also know we can improve and we will be taking forward the key recommendations of the report.”

Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, Vice Chair of RHSCP IJB, commented: “We are one of the first partnerships to be audited and this highly-positive report reflects the hard work of both front-line staff and senior leaders to ensure that people living in Renfrewshire have high-quality services.”

David Leese, RHSCP Chief Officer, added: “We have made good progress in joining up health and adult social care services in Renfrewshire and I am delighted for our staff, who work so hard to support local people and deliver our services, that we have this positive feedback and recognition.

“The report recognises our strengths and also shows key recommendations that will support us as we continue our journey to integrate services and improve our ways of working for the benefit of local people who need our support in their day-to-day lives.”

For more information about RHSCP, visit www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

National environmental charity backs Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean

National charity Keep Scotland Beautiful have showcased their support for Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean this weekend, which aims to see a community clean up take place in every area in Renfrewshire.

The event, part of Renfrewshire’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign, is set to bring out hundreds of volunteers as they take part in litter picks to make a difference to their local environment.

School pupils, community volunteers, police, councillors and more will take part on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April at clean ups across the area with the support of Renfrewshire Council.

Derek Robertson, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “We’re extremely grateful to all the volunteers across Scotland for taking part in clean ups during April and May, and would urge everyone to get involved in Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean on 20-22 April.

“Through our Clean up Scotland campaign we support thousands of people each year to improve the places they care about by removing litter and fly tipping. We are delighted that Renfrewshire Council is showing a real commitment to make Renfrewshire cleaner and greener – and know that each one of us can make a huge difference collectively if we clean up together.”

Communities across Renfrewshire are being encouraged to host their own clean up in an area in need of attention and the Renfrewshire Warden’s Service will provide them with litter pickers, bibs, gloves and bags to carry it out, as well as removing the collected rubbish at the end of the event.

If volunteers aren’t able to host their own, they are being supported to attend any of the other clean ups arranged across the weekend and meet like-mind individuals taking part.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted to have the support of a national organisation such as Keep Scotland Beautiful and it shows the strength of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign as it continues to grow.

“Our Big Spring Clean is our most ambitious set of events since we launched the campaign but we’re determined to grasp the enthusiasm of the local community to make a difference to their local area.

“We are working hard to support local volunteers to carry out litter picks while also carrying out our enhanced programme of work to clear drains, sweep roads and refresh signage, as well as expanding our environmental teams.

“We’ve shown our commitment to the campaign through our £2.5million investment and we will continue to work alongside the community to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, brighter, more attractive place to live.”

For more information on the event visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bigspringclean and on the campaign www.renfrewshre.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Millions to be invested in Renfrewshire’s roads network

The largest ever single year investment in Renfrewshire’s roads is set to be delivered in 2018/19 as part of an extensive programme of roads resurfacing.

Pothole repair with Councillor McEwan at Barrhill Rd, Erskine. 12.4.18.

£7.2million has been committed from Renfrewshire Council’s budget to improve routes across Renfrewshire’s as part of the continuing physical and economic regeneration of the area.

The programme for 2018/19 will include the resurfacing and improvement of a number of high profile strategic routes and also a large number of busy rural and residential streets.

It will focus on carriageway resurfacing, including patching and surface dressing, as well as addressing drainage improvements, footway resurfacing and crash and safety barrier installation.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We recognise that a key concern for the Renfrewshire community is the quality and safety of our roads network which is why a significant investment has been made to make improvements.

“This is the largest ever single year investment made by this Council in our roads infrastructure and shows a clear commitment to increasing the quality and usability of the network for road users.

“There are areas within Renfrewshire which are in urgent need of repair and we will prioritise those roads in what will be a comprehensive programme of upgrades.

“While all roads cannot be repaired overnight, the investment we are making will ensure that the community begin to see tangible improvements immediately and a continual progress in the quality of our roads throughout the year.”

The roads resurfacing programme will coincide with an enhanced schedule of pot hole repairs which will tackle the effects severe weather has had on Renfrewshire’s roads.

Immediate temporary repairs will be undertaken on pot holes which are causing a hazard on roads with the full repair then planned into a programme for completion.

Any excessive pot holes which have developed will be temporarily repaired and then undertaken as part of the larger roads resurfacing programme.

Councillor McEwan added: “We recognise there is a significant issue regarding pot holes which is affecting our roads due to the severe weather we faced this winter, with the freezing conditions causing the road surface to crack.

“This is an issue which has been seen nationally, even occurring on our motorways, and we have invested accordingly to ensure our teams can carry out the necessary repairs.

“We recognise the frustrations of road users and want to assure them that we are committed to providing a roads network which is fit for purpose and will work hard to address all problems across the area.”

The full programme of roads resurfacing works is being finalised with initial repairs already underway and more extensive resurfacing work set to begin shortly.

For more information on roads services in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/roads.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Renfrewshire Chamber B2B 2018

Register Now for Renfrewshire Chamber’s annual B2B event “Business Matters in Renfrewshire”

 

Renfrewshire’s largest free business event returns to Paisley for the 8th consecutive year on Thursday 10th May at the Lagoon, Paisley.

“Business Matters in Renfrewshire –your local B2B event” is organised by Renfrewshire Chamber and is open to all members & non-members, business people, start-ups, senior school pupils and students.

 

With 50+ exhibitors and 6 seminars running throughout the day the event is sponsored by Paisley.is, the new destination brand for Paisley & Renfrewshire.

 

Seminar line-up:

 

  1. 10.15-11.00 “Paisley.is: how your business can benefit” with the Paisley.is team & Renfrewshire Council   
  2. 11.15-12.00 “Anti-Social Media” with NSDesign
  3. 12.15-13.00 “Start up in Renfrewshire!” with Business Gateway & Invest in Renfrewshire
  4. 13.15-14.00 “How to win business using LinkedIn” with fatBuzz
  5. 14.15-15.00 What you need to know about GDPR” with MacRoberts
  6. 15.15-16.00 “Leadership – hoping isn’t good enough” with bfpeople

 

Commenting on the event chief exec Bob Grant said “Renfrewshire’s largest free business event is an excellent way to engage with the wider business community. There is a varied and interesting line-up of six informative seminars for you to attend throughout the day so please register your free place now.  We are expecting 50 + exhibitors and where else do you get the opportunity to network with so many companies in one go? It’s a great use of time and I would encourage you and your colleagues to attend. The free informative seminars are an excellent way to learn new skills and refresh old ones. We look forward to welcoming you on the day.”

 

For more information and to register your place please visit the Chamber events page at www.renfrewshirechamber.com  The event is free to attend (there is a cost to exhibit).  

 

Hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jobs at ReMode

REMODE PROJECT MANAGER

REMODE RENFREWSHIRE CIC
17HRS/PER/WEEK – £15,028/P/A
(£30,940 P/A F.T.E)

The Project Manager is accountable to the Project Creative Director for the structural operations involved in the day to day running of ReMode Renfrewshire CIC’s project programme and activities. 

  • Managing ReMode office systems and processes to ensure the successful delivery of core project activities and associated administration across all staff members to ensure the successful running of ReMode Renfrewshire CIC as an organisation.
  • Liaising with key funders and their monitoring officers.
  • Managing the funding streams appropriately.
  • Supporting the Project Creative Director to identify and develop new funding opportunities for ReMode project development and sustainability within the local communities, beyond the current funding period.
  • See job description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Download Full Project Manager Job Description pdf

Download Project Manager Job Application doc


REMODE ASSISTANT

REMODE RENFREWSHIRE CIC
£7904/P/A – 16HRS/PER/WEEK
(£17,290 F.T.E)

The assistant is accountable to Project Creative Director and will ensure the practical day to day running of the ReMode shops and ReMode Pop-ups including:

  • Receiving and recording garment donations.
  • Washing and preparing donated garments and materials for the shop and ReMode Pop-up events.
  • Keeping the ReMode shop, back shop and Make Space, clean, tidy and attractive.
  • Creative displaying of stock on rails, shelving and window displays.
  • Dealing with customers enquiries and drop-in visitors – always with respect and a high level of customer service in mind.
  • Support and assistance of volunteers while they are in the shop.
  • See job description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Download Full ReMode Assistant Job Description pdf

Download Project ReMode Assistant Application doc

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Gavin Newlands MP praises work of RAMH

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has used part of his Easter recess to meet with the staff at RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health), in Paisley.

 

Mr Newlands recently met with Stephen McLellan from RAMH to find out more about their latest work to support people with a mental illness, and also to congratulate them on recently being named as ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Provost’s Community Awards.

Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“In preparation for Mental Health Awareness Week taking place between the 14th and 20th May, I have met with a number of Renfrewshire-based groups who help support people who are suffering from poor mental health.

“1 in 4 people in Scotland will experience a mental health problem this year and it’s clear that we need to do more to support people who suffer from mental ill health.

“I enjoyed catching-up with RAMH to find out more about their latest work. RAMH are well known in Renfrewshire and for the past 40 years have helped people to recover from their mental ill health.

“RAMH are well equipped to help local people and their efforts over the years have meant that they now support increasing numbers of people in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire. I was delighted to meet up with Stephen to formally congratulate RAMH on being named as the ‘Employer of the Year’ at the recent Provost Awards. This is testament to the hard work and fantastic service that RAMH provides to people who are experiencing poor mental health.”